Archive for November, 2011

Sonnet 65

<a title=”But sad mortality o’ersways their power”>Whose action is no stronger than a flower</a>

New critics would find Sonnet 65 to be easy to interpret due to there being so many patterns that help to interpret the poem.  The patterns there have to do with mortality and there being so many examples that nothing is more certain than death and nothing can escape that certainty that all living things will eventually die.  The fact that this so is throughout the entire poem, which makes it easy to interpret.  In addition, new critics would not have to visit a dictionary much to interpret the sonnet unless they wanted to have more words that could replace the word that is in the sonnet.


Miller lies to the King to make himself seem important

Miller’s daughter is told to spin straw into gold or die

Miller’s daughter is saved by the manikin but at a price for each time

King is delighted but his greed makes him want more gold

Miller’s daughter promises her first born child to the manikin

Miller’s daughter is made Queen

Miller’s daughter, now the Queen, gives birth to her first child

Manikin comes to collect

The Queen begs the manikin to not take her child

The manikin promises not to take her child if she can guess his name

The Queen is given three days and sends messengers to retrieve unusual names

Messenger does not come back empty handed

The Queen guesses Rumpelstiltskin and is correct in her guessing

Rumpelstiltskin’s fury causes him to split himself in two

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